We’re having a quiet night in, having had a fabulous party last night. As a special treat, our daughters (7 and 5) were allowed to stay up and enjoy the party. Their goal was to make midnight, and they did. Ollie flagged and slept in his pram, but the girls put on their dancing shoes and grooved. When the special 12 o’clock moment arrived, Lily rushed over to where Daisy and I were dancing.
L: Daisy, Daisy guess what?! It’s MIDNIGHT!!!
D: Scream! (Jumps up and down on one spot.) Scream!
L: Mummy! It’s midnight!
Mummy: Wahhh! Midnight! (Performs silly dance of joy.)
Shortly after that I took them all off to bed, myself included. When the Otter girls peak, it’s not pretty.
So while my husband monitors the state of the world from the horizontal position on the sofa, and I take a brief break from writing my monthly column on the state of (expensive commodity), here is the Saturday Night Meme, otherwise known as the Five Things Meme, courtesy of the lovely Cook Sister!:
What Were You Doing 10 years ago?
I had been living in Germany for a year, and I was about to go on holiday to Tuscany with my mother, my aunt and my long-suffering husband to stay in a mill near Lucca with a mad English alcoholic who insulted us, lied about the opening hours of the museums in Florence, but cooked very excellent breakfasts.
Five Snacks You Enjoy:
Mixed unsalted nuts
Five Songs You Know All the Lyrics to:
The Marseillaise by Claude Joseph Rouget de Lisle
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
Scatterlings of Africa by Johnny Clegg
Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You) by Flock of Seagulls
The Wheels on the Bus
Five Things You Would Do If You Were a Millionaire
Fund Rape Crisis Centres in South Africa
Pay off my mother’s mortgage
Purchase a house with an office/retreat/writing room for me and me only
Buy my hubby his dream car
Take my family on a lovely holiday to somewhere hot and sunny
Five Bad Habits
Blogging when I should be working
A lackadaisical attitude to my answering machine
Getting snappy and tense when I’m running late
Five Things You Like Doing:
An early morning game drive followed by a massive breakfast and a nap
Having a day to myself with nothing to achieve
Getting lost in the flow whether it’s of writing, meditation, yoga or a great book
My Sunday morning lie-in with coffee, my laptop and a pile of books
Dancing till midnight with my daughters
Five Things You Would Never Wear Again:
Velvet Alice bands
Five Favourite Toys:
Food Processor and other baking apparatus
Blue vases for pink roses
New pink shoes
I have no idea where my daughter gets her love of accessories from, really I don’t